Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis’s The Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married. The Old Devils: A Novel [Kingsley Amis] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Alun and Rhiannon Weaver return home to Wales after. Generally I would say not, perhaps even very obviously not but in the case of Kingsley Amis and The Old Devils things are different.

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The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis (1986)

Some of the personalities are quirky, some introspective. Much of the old age, the drinking, the snarky observations about others in the social group made me chuckle, but I too often could only catch them in the rearview mirror.

It’s always feels like a miracle to re-discover that human beings can create art of such astounding and lasting beauty. I really had to struggle to finish this book and resented most of the time spent reading it.

There are notable similarities between the way Amis Snr was regarded then and his son Martin is now. And now, after years of modest success in London television appearances, a book or twoit’s time for Alun and his handsome wife Rhiannon to return in triumph to the little Welsh town from which they came, and take up again with the mates who knew them best, back when they were all young and hungry. One of the braver Devils confronts him head on, accusing him of ruining Wales.

Style These grotesques and their dismal affairs are painted in prose which is slack, repetitive and aimless. But I can see why it won him the Booker Prize insince the overall impression it leaves, at least with this reader, is of Amis conjuring a series of blundering, drink-sodden, self-pitying male “dinosaurs” faced with extinction. A sequence of scenes The plot amounts to a sequence of scenes: Some of us have got a lot to be thankful for. Email required Address never made public.


Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away.

The Finkler Question, which I deils most people really disliked, was MUCH better at knocking humorously at the door of aging and regret, and Staying On which won in the 70s did it extremely well at that, too. Lonesome Reader An Unreliable Reader.

All of a sudden the evening starts starting after breakfast. I give Amis props thd making them so convincing. The Old Devils of the title are old friends from Wales. I have read Lucky Jim and I really liked it.

The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis

Amis is a master of dry wit. For a Booker Prize winner, lacking in literary quality. Everybody had been in their twenties then; well, round about thirty. Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Replacement book cover 3 71 Aug 01, Amis’ characters seem to be more old-fashioned conservatives—more concerned with fretting over the good things that’ve been lost than with actively working to dismantle the progress that’s truly been made in so many areas.

Afterthoughts, second opinions, demotic tags and fragments, just one more bit, after all, in the end, so to speak, at the end of the day, in general, more or less, and all the rest of it, or part of it, or something… But they were soon past there now and on to where she had not been for at least ten years, probably a good deal more.

I have never been so glad to finish a book as I was to finish this one. Foundation for Cultural Review. However kingley the book arrived I was very pleased at its condition and the reason for the delay was book came from England. Tabula Rasa let the poets cry themselves to sleep. Anyway, it’s clever and well-written but maybe a little bit dry. Shoshi’s Book Blog Book reviews, reading projects and general reflections: Learn how your comment data is processed.


You are drawn into their lives, their little kindnesses, their colossal rudeness and unhappiness. Having never read Kingsley or Martin Amis, I had been curious.

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Get to Know Us. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Other formats are available music and random culture. See all 21 reviews. Well that’s splendid news, by George,” comes the reply. Rhiannon, for her part, has a moving reunion with her first love, Peter Thomas, now grotesquely and unrecognisably fat, before allowing herself to be taken for a drive out to a formerly romantic church down by the sea by the hopelessly boring old sod, Malcolm Cellan-Davies.

He fathered the English novelist Martin Amis. I only noticed a couple of gratuitous asides, easily ignored, about the perfidy of “left-wingers” and the like. Notify me of new comments via email. It was a surprise to many when Kinglsey Amis won the Booker Prize in for The Old Devils for this was an author who, according to the wisdom of the masses, was long past his prime.

It is, at least, easy to read. Fortunately, Amis found a number of other targets for his wit that transcend nationality: But it cuts another way and goes much darker, or much sadder, and that sadness is less frequently devips with hilarity.